Requires individuals applying for certification or licensure to be a teacher to complete a course of training in recognizing and responding to incidents of bullying and harassment.
BILL NUMBER: S7759
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to required training for individuals applying for certification or licensure to be a teacher
PURPOSE : Directs all new teachers be trained to identify and intervene in bullying situations.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 amends education law by adding a new subdivision 2-a to §3004 to require, as part of licensure and certification for teachers a minimum of six hours of course work or training in how to recognize and respond to incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation. Each applicant shall provide the State Education Department with documentation showing that they have successfully completed the required training.
(2-b) requires coursework and training be provided by an institution or provider which has been approved by the State Education Department.
(2-c) defines bullying, harassment and intimidation.
JUSTIFICATION : Bullying at school is a pervasive problem that affects millions of students every year. The National Center for Education Statistics indicates student bullying is one of the most frequently reported discipline problems at school: 21% of elementary schools, 43% of middle schools, and 22% of high schools reported problems with bullying in 2005-06.
A study cited in an American Medical Association report on bullying found over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective. These findings suggest that teachers are simply unaware of much of the bullying that occurs around them (likely because much of the bullying is difficult to detect and because children frequently are reluctant to report bullying to adults).
By requiring pre-service training, new teachers will be better equipped to identify and respond to potentially damaging victimization, as well as to implement positive feedback and modeling to address appropriate social interactions.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to state.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This bill will take effect on the one hundred twentieth day following the date on which it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7759 IN SENATE May 6, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to required training for individuals applying for certification or licensure to be a teacher THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3004 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 2-a to read as follows: 2-A. A. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE REGULATIONS REQUIRING ALL PERSONS APPLYING FOR CERTIFICATION OR A LICENSE TO BE A TEACHER, ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, TO HAVE COMPLETED A MINIMUM OF SIX HOURS OF COURSEWORK AND TRAINING IN HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO INCIDENTS OF BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION. EACH APPLICANT SHALL PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT WITH DOCUMENTATION SHOWING THAT THE APPLICANT HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE REQUIRED TRAINING. SUCH COURSEWORK OR TRAIN- ING SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO ALL OTHER CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS. B. COURSEWORK AND TRAINING REQUIRED BY THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL: (I) BE PROVIDED BY AN INSTITUTION OR PROVIDER WHICH HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE SUCH COURSEWORK OR TRAINING; AND (II) SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, INFORMATION TO HELP TEACHERS IDENTIFY AND APPROPRIATELY RESPOND TO INCIDENTS OF BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION IN SCHOOLS, AND SHALL PROVIDE TEACHERS WITH SKILLS TO PROMOTE POSITIVE AND APPROPRIATE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, TOLERANCE, RESPECT AND ACCEPTANCE OF DIVERSITY. C. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION, BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND INTIM- IDATION ARE DEFINED AS ANY AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR INCLUDING VERBAL OR PHYS- ICAL CONDUCT, AND WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION, THAT HAS OR WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF CREATING A HOSTILE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT BY SUBSTANTIALLY INTERFERING WITH A STUDENT'S EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS, OPPOR- TUNITIES OR PERFORMANCE, OR WITH A STUDENT'S PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING, OR THAT REASONABLY CAUSES OR WOULD REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO CAUSE A STUDENT TO FEAR FOR HIS OR HER PHYSICAL SAFETY. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16972-02-0